For your friends, summer means pool parties, picnics, and parades.
For you? Summer probably means long hours in the studio prepping for Nationals or dance team auditions.
But if you want to do both — that is, jump right from rehearsal to your BFF’s pool party — you’re going to need a fast, effective cool-down routine. Try these tips to go from sweaty dancer to “normal human” in no time.
1. Make sure you’re hydrated before class.
Consider this your pre-cooldown routine. Making sure you’re cool and fully hydrated — icy cold lemonade in the air conditioning, anyone? — before you start working out or dancing will help slow the rate at which your body temperature increases during physical activity. (Bonus: A hydrated body is a better-performing body, so drink up!)
2. Don’t make a mad dash for the shower yet.
We know — you’re dying for a cool shower as soon as the teacher says you can go. But how many times have you immediately jumped in the shower only to start sweating again as soon as you get out and are trying to dry off? Clearly not effective! Instead, make time for a proper post-activity cool-down, like a short walk or some stretching. This will bring your heart rate and body temperature back down, and then you can proceed to that lukewarm shower.
3. Apply a cool, wet washcloth (or ice pack) to the back of your neck.
Extra points if it’s eucalyptus scented. You’ll feel like you’re at a spa!
4. Keep drinking!
That ice water you were gulping before class? Keep drinking it. (Better yet, get a slushie — easy on the sugary ones, though — or equally icy drink.)
5. Go ahead: Take that cold shower!
Best. Feeling. Ever. (Pro tip: Keep a glass of water right outside the shower so you can keep sipping as you cleanse.)
6. Lather up with lotion.
Check out body lotions that contain menthol, which is a cooling agent. It’ll feel similarly to applying aloe vera to a sunburn — oh so refreshing, but without that sticky post-application feeling.
Happy sweaty summer!